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School of Public Policy and Leadership News

The School of Public Policy and Leadership employs an interdisciplinary approach to create knowledge and understanding to support effective policy and governance through collaborations of faculty, students, and the greater community.

Current Public Policy and Leadership News

Ph.D. engineering graduate George William Kajjumba is hooded during the Spring 2022 commencement ceremony
Campus News | December 28, 2022

Student achievements including competition wins, a science fellowship first, and new innovations splashed local and national news headlines in 2022.

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People | December 14, 2022

Five UNLV graduates will be recognized by President Keith E. Whitfield during winter commencement for their combination of academic excellence and service to the community.
 

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People | September 21, 2022

Leslie Mujica's volunteer work on campus aimed at opening more doors for lower-income students.

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People | July 21, 2022

Academic Success Center employee named a President’s 2022 Classified Employees of the Year.

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People | July 19, 2022

Vincent Nava, ’19 MA Public Administration, works at the governor's office of new Americans.

2022 UNLV Spring Commencement Ceremony for the Graduate College.  May 13, 2022 (Josh Hawkins/UNLV)
Campus News | June 2, 2022

A collection of news stories highlighting the experts and student changemakers at UNLV.

Public Policy and Leadership In The News

Las Vegas Review Journal
January 14, 2023

Two months after leaving public office before the end of his term, former state Sen. Chris Brooks has landed a new role as an executive at a Southern California private energy company that plans to expand into Nevada.

Las Vegas Review Journal
June 23, 2022

UNLV researchers are part of a team that will receive almost three million dollars of federal funding for a project focused on the workforce for nuclear energy.

Insider
May 13, 2022

Amazon's Jeff Bezos, Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian, and other donors are committing $50 million to help fix the childcare crisis in New York City.

Las Vegas Sun
May 9, 2022

When UNLV senior Elia Del Carmen Solano-Patricio looked out the window of her Airbnb in Irvine, Calif., she saw flames rising in the nearby mountains and scorch marks on the ground. A wildfire was approaching the apartment, where she had moved from Las Vegas during the pandemic to be closer to family.

Las Vegas Sun
May 9, 2022

When UNLV senior Elia Del Carmen Solano-Patricio looked out the window of her Airbnb in Irvine, Calif., she saw flames rising in the nearby mountains and scorch marks on the ground. A wildfire was approaching the apartment, where she had moved from Las Vegas during the pandemic to be closer to family.

Las Vegas Sun
May 9, 2022

When UNLV senior Elia Del Carmen Solano-Patricio looked out the window of her Airbnb in Irvine, Calif., she saw flames rising in the nearby mountains and scorch marks on the ground. A wildfire was approaching the apartment, where she had moved from Las Vegas during the pandemic to be closer to family.

Public Policy and Leadership Experts

An expert in regional demographics, workforce development, and sustainable economic development.
An expert on local government and public policy. 
An expert in public policy and governance.
Lee Bernick is a professor with expertise in state and local public policy, survey research, public budgeting, and legislative behavior.
An expert in violence prevention programs.
An expert on HR management and development.

Recent Public Policy and Leadership Accomplishments

January 24, 2023
Han-fen Hu (Management, Entrepreneurship, and Technology); Anjala Krishen (Marketing); and Jesse Barnes (Public Affairs) recently had their paper, "Through narratives we learn: Exploring knowledge-building as a marketing strategy for prosocial water reuse," accepted by the Journal of Business Research. This interdisciplinary study examines the…
December 12, 2022
Each year during the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) Fall Undergraduate Research Symposium, OUR recognizes and honors UNLV undergraduate researchers who demonstrate and exemplify excellence in research. OUR awards one undergraduate researcher in Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (AHS) and one undergraduate researcher in Health and…
December 5, 2022
A paper by An-Pyng Sun (Social Work), Hilarie Cash (reSTART Life), Lawrence Mullen (Public Policy and Leadership), and Cosette Rae (reSTART Life), "Factors Related to the Occurrence of and Recovery from Gaming Disorder: A Qualitative Study," was recently accepted to Technology, Mind, and Behavior (an American Psychological Association journal) for…
October 11, 2022
Jayce Farmer (Public Policy and Leadership) published a research essay, “Water Utility Districts as Facilitators of Regional Climate Change Partnerships,” on the peer-reviewed Urban Affairs Forum. This essay centers water utility districts as a key factor for the development of regional climate change partnerships between local governments. Here,…
October 10, 2022
Kenneth Miller (Political Science), and co-editors John Green and David Cohen have published State of the Parties 2022: The Changing Role of Contemporary American Political Parties with Rowman & Littlefield. The book brings together leading scholars of parties, elections, and interest groups to explore the current state of American party…
July 8, 2022
Jayce Farmer (Public Policy and Leadership) published an article, “State Interventions and Interlocal Collaborations Across the Three Pillars of Sustainability,” in State and Local Government Review. This article makes a connection between regional partnerships for sustainability and state-level constraints on the fiscal and functional autonomy of…